2023 Smarty Jones S Il Miracolo beats his late challengers to win

After finding life in some of America’s biggest races tough, Il Miracolo found a drop-down to calmer waters much more to his liking as he ran out a convincing winner of the 2023 Smarty Jones Stakes.

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Smarty Jones Stakes

Grade 3, One mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open to three-year-old horses. Total prize pool: $300,000

  1. Il Miracolo +600
  2. Cagliostro +500
  3. Daydreaming Boy +800

Winning time: 1:48.59

In what was a briskly run affair, Il Miracolo lasted the best of the front runners to win this year’s Smarty Jones by three lengths. 

Despite being drawn on the wide outside he broke smartly and quickly joined the front rank of horses. With the heavily fancied Army Times happy to lead the field along, Il Miracolo was always in close attention and traveled smoothly in third. 

With Army Times’ challenge starting to fade, Il Miracolo made his move round the far turn to lead the contest into the home straight.

Smarty Jones Stakes Race Video


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As long as most of the field feeling the impacts of a quickly run race, the main danger seemed to be coming from Cagliostro who was picking up a real head of steam from the back of the pack. 

With just a furlong left to run Il Miracolo was starting to drift over the track and at one point possibly impeded Cagliostro’s charge. Forced to switch inside, Cagliostro summoned up one final effort but it would be a case of too little too late as despite his wandering, Il Miracolo held on to win his first graded prize comfortably. 

2023 Smarty Jones Stakes Race Payouts

Position Horse Win Place Show 
1Il Miracolo $9.60$5.40$4.00
2Cagliostro $3.80$3.40
3Daydreaming Boy$5.00

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